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Maternity

Having a baby is an exciting life event and we are privileged to be able to share this time with you and your family. 

Our skilled and knowledgeable health care team is centered around your needs, supporting you and your family through your entire hospital stay. We provide care in our comfortable, private birthing rooms, which allow you and your family to be together. Please do not hesitate to contact us in advance to share your birth plans with us so we can be respectful of your needs.

If you need to have a c-section, the procedure will happen in the operating room. Your support person can be with you and your baby throughout the experience. You will return to your room in our Maternity Unit following the surgery. 
 

Inpatient & Visiting Guidelines

To protect patients and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, labouring mothers must remain in their birthing unit room and may no longer walk the hallways. 

At this time, visitation is limited to one healthy adult as a support person per labouring mother. 

  • The support person must be the same individual for the duration of the visit (no swapping out).
  • We suggest the support person brings everything they need for the visit.
  • Meals for the support person will be provided by the hospital. 
  • A sleeper chair or sofa is provided for the support person to spend the night.

We appreciate your continued understanding and cooperation.
 

Admission or Outpatient Visit

Remember to call your doctor or 811 if you have questions about whether you need to come to the hospital. We encourage you to call the Maternity Unit to let the nurse know you are coming. On arrival at the hospital, you will need to stop at the Registration Desk in the WGH Emergency Department in order to be registered.

If you are less than 20 weeks pregnant, you will be assessed in Emergency. If you are more than 20 weeks pregnant and your concern is related to your pregnancy, you will be assessed on Maternity. If you require urgent assistance, please tell the clerk at Admitting.

To protect patients and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, at this time patients coming to the Maternity Ward for outpatient assessments are not permitted to bring any visitors/partners.

Returning Home

A certified infant car seat is required by Yukon law. A car seat technician from Yukon government can provide information and a seat inspection.

Until further notice, we will not be holding car seat inspections in the department. Please contact Transport Services at Yukon Highways & Public Works to schedule a seat inspection before coming to the hospital.

They can be reached via:


Birth Registration Forms

You will receive a package of forms that need to be completed and dropped off at Registration (at the WGH Emergency Department entrance) prior to leaving hospital. Ask your nurse if you need any assistance.
 

Leaving the Hospital

Plan for your hospital stay to be one to two days following vaginal birth, or two to three days following a c-section. Your doctor will discharge you and your baby when you are both ready. You will be given instructions for follow-up care that will be provided by your doctor and/or home visits by a public health nurse.